Peter Salem at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Boston, 1775


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Image Reference
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Source
Joseph T. Wilson, The black phalanx: a history of the Negro soldiers of the United States in the war of 1775-1812, 1861-’65 (Hartford, Conn., 1888), facing p. 34. (Copy in Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Titled, “Battle of Bunker Hill,” the sub-title (cropped here) reads ‘Peter Salem shooting the British Major Pitcairn.” An artist’s rendition of this famous event in the American Revolution. Peter Salem, born a slave, served in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment at the Battle of Bunker Hill and allegedly fired the shot that killed the British officer.